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May 8, 2024

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A high-pressure system remains over the area bringing near average temperatures along the coast and above average
temperatures inland. It will be cool in the morning with lows in the upper 30s to low 50s, and hot in the daytime with
highs in the mid 60s to low 80s. As the winds turn offshore Thursday, temperatures will rise further inland, reaching the
low-upper 80s away from the coast. The offshore flow weakens over the weekend, allowing for some cooling, but
temperatures remain in the low 60s to mid 80s.
Over a good portion of Central Mexico, daytime temperatures will be warm and mostly 90 degrees or higher. Through
Sunday, temperatures will reach the low 90s to near 100 degrees. Throughout the weekend, lows will drop into the
upper 50s to mid 60s. Several light showers may occur over the area, but most spots should remain dry.
Through Thursday, it will be warm but mostly dry. Northern Florida can expect
some showers and t-storms on Friday. There will be a greater amount of shower
activity over the weekend, but it will still be isolated. Temperatures should trend
cooler toward the weekend. The cold storm system that rolled through California
over the weekend brought moderate precipitation to the Salinas Valley with light
trace amounts recorded in the Santa Maria and Oxnard regions. The Salinas
Valley received between 1/4”-3/4” of an inch of rain along with much
coolertemperatures and strong winds. This late season storm system will only
exacerbate the mold, mildew and disease pressure impacting the fields.
Anthracnose continues to impact romaine and to a lesser extent iceberg
production with lighter yields as growers work through affected acreage.
Production continues to show smaller head sizes with less solidity/density
contributing to lighter carton weights. Growers reaching for supplies are entering
these stands early to meet current demand, leaving less available acreage as
harvests gain momentum. This may lead to some short-term supply shortages in
iceberg, romaine and cauliflower moving forward.
Bacterial spotting is being reported in current cilantro and parsley stands,
drastically lessening yields in the near term.
Strawberry production is expected to quickly rebound from the recent rains with
a good fruit set and various regions in production currently.
The California cherry growing regions of Central California received up to ¾” of
an inch of rain from this late season storm. Growers had their fungicide spray rigs
and wind rigs out in the groves following the system to help dry out the groves.
Overall damage is expected to be minimal from early reports from the regions.
Production will continue to slowly gain momentum as we move through May.
Washington cherry season is slated to begin with light harvests in early June with
the crop reported to be in good shape by most growers.
The domestic melon season is just around the corner as offshore volumes decline
seasonally. Current supplies from Guatemala continue with good quality and brix
reported. Supplies will quickly decline as the offshore season comes to an end
over the next few weeks. Domestic supplies from the southwestern desert
regions are set to begin light harvests the week of May 20th. Early field reports
indicate the fruit being on the smaller side when harvest begins.

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